10 New Year's Resolutions We All Need

10 New Year's Resolutions We All Need

Making positive life changes is important, but doing it for the right reasons is even more crucial.

A fresh new year--2018--is here and everyone is stressed about deciding on what their New Year's resolutions will be. Many people try to work out more, lose weight, eat healthier or be happier. But, the issue with most of these is not the idea itself, but the reason behind why we’re doing it. Oftentimes, people tackle resolutions to look more like the people on social media, please someone else or just because they think they, too, need a resolution. These reasons won't help you to stick to your goal because they aren’t things you want personally; they’re more intended to impress other people. So, you have to find resolutions that are meaningful to you. Here are a few ideas:

1. Make time for yourself.

We’re all guilty of saying "yes" to everything and spreading ourselves too thin. Say "no" a few times and start setting aside 10-15 minutes a day to relax and read a book, drink some tea, stretch or meditate. It will be good for you to decompress and de-stress. Take an extra few minutes in the shower to appreciate the warmth or maybe just sit in the car and sing along to the radio for an extra three minutes. Whatever makes you feel better, do that.

2. Drink more water.

Drinking water is a common resolution. But, where most people fall short is not making it easily accessible. Buy a water bottle or two and leave one on your desk or in your backpack. Leave another near the couch or car or somewhere you spend a lot of time. There are even apps that can remind you to drink more water and keep track of how much you’re drinking throughout the day.

3. Go to bed earlier.

I’m so guilty of staying up late scrolling through the Internet or e-mails on my phone. In all reality, I’d get an extra half hour or even an hour of sleep if I cut this out of my life. Not only will I get more sleep, but I’ll fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly with less blue-light exposure before bedtime.

4. Turn off excessive notifications.

Silence those apps that send you notifications that you ignore every day. There is no point in getting extra notifications and everytime my phone buzzes, I usually spend an extra few minutes clicking around on it when I could be doing something productive. As a blanket solution, you can even turn on "Do Not Disturb." Alarms still work and if someone really needs you, they’ll call you and they’ll at least call twice. That’s when your phone will start ringing.

5. Go outside more.

Living in MInnesota, many of us stay inside at all costs during the winter months. But going outside, getting a little sun and feeling a little bit of a painful breeze can be a great way to relax. To encourage myself to do this, I often take a quick ride to one of our hundreds of local parks. It’s so nice to get off campus and away from all of the noise for a little bit.

6. Pick up some trash.

Clean up clutter in your home, car or even on your street or local beach. Cleaning up trash will help you to declutter your mind and your surroundings, making you more calm and relaxed. And, cleaning up your local street, park or beach will make you feel really good.

7. Get a cute journal and use it.

Make lists and stop worrying so much about forgetting things. Write down your feelings or what happened that day or week. Maybe even start a bullet journal. Just write down things that you want to get out of your mind, whether it be a reminder or an emotion or thought.

8. Listen to new music.

Music speaks to everyone in so many different ways. But, the radio gets so boring playing the same five songs over and over again. Do yourself a favor and just start searching around the internet. Discover new songs you love and new songs you hate, share with friends or keep it to yourself. We all hear things differently and music affects us differently depending on how we feel or what we listen for. Find what you need and discover new things. It will feel pretty cool to share new songs with friends.

9. Tell the people you love that you love them more often.

We all need a reminder sometimes that someone cares and loves us. Remind your friends and family of it often. It will make you feel good and it will make them feel even better.

10. Remember what’s truly important in life.

Sometimes we all get so caught up in the mundane everyday tasks that we forget to make ourselves happy. Set goals and smash them. Make time to do what you really love and stop wasting time on what you don't. We’re all only here for such a short period of time; there truly is no time to waste being unhappy.

New Year's Resolutions can be stressful, but they can also be wonderful. Plan ahead and set yourself up for success. Create goals that matter to you. It’s really hard to change your life overnight, but with some planning, it can be easy to stick to new positive, happy changes. And, even if you didn't prepare for January 1, you can start your resolution in a week or a month. Whenever you're ready and feel set up for success. Go out in the world and make it a more beautiful and happy place; 2018 is waiting!

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Having a Bad Day? Read This.

One bad day means many more good days.

We've all had bad days. Then sometimes, "bad" isn't even the word that covers the day. Some days we'd rather use words like terrible, or horrible. Some days we're angry, while other days we're upset. Either way, on a bad day it could seem like the world is crashing down. We could just wait until the full day is over, but who has time for that? Welcome to my list of things to do when you're having a bad day!

1. Write your thoughts on paper and throw it in the trash

Writing helps you release your feelings and negative energy. What better way to end the process then to throw it in the trash?

2. Vent to your parents

Because no one know you better then mom or dad.

3. Facetime your best friend

If you can't hang out then facetime is best face-to-face contact you can get. It's much better seeing someone than just hearing their voice.

4. Listen to music

Either put it on full blast, or listen quietly through headphones. This is an old trick guaranteed to work.

5. Workout

Working out really does clear your mind, while releasing negative energy from your body. Give it a try.

6. Spend time with animals

It's proven that time with animals helps relieve stress. I mean, have you seen how cute they are?

7. Spend time in nature

Nature has many benefits. One of the benefits would be how calm nature can be. Use the fresh air to relax your soul.

8. Go to church

This may not be for everyone. However, if you do hold religious beliefs then church could be one of the best places to find peace.

9. Pamper yourself

This could mean getting your nails done, or spending a day with your beloved netflix. Whatever it is, make sure you're doing something you love. You deserve time for yourself.

10. Clean

Sometimes organizing your room, changing sheets, or even doing dishes could lift a person up. Having clean surroundings equals a clean mind set.

11. Take a hot shower or jump in a hot bath

Not only are you getting clean, you're also going to feel much more refreshed afterwards. A shower or a bath is the perfect place to clear your mind. Maybe add a bathbomb or soothing music into the mix.

12. Set goals for the next week

This could give you a sense of organization, while being productive. Setting goals and then reaching them make you feel empowered. Try it and then keep up the good work.

13. Write down what your thankful for

Remember that it's only a bad day. One bad day means they're are plenty of good ones. Instead of throwing this list away, this time hang it up.

14. Get Creative

Creativity creates happiness and self expression.

15. Use your bad day as motivation

On a bad day you may feel terrible, but that feeling won't last forever. Do what you can in preparation to make the next day the best day yet. Nobody has time for two bad days.

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To The Person Up To Bat When Life Throws Out A Curve Ball

Take every experience as a learning experience and apply that to future endeavors.

We all have experienced those times where something goes wrong especially a way in which we could never have imagined. I am the first to support someone when something goes wrong in his or her life that makes him or her upset and feel hopeless.

It is always easy for me to say "everything happens for a reason" to my friends, but I can never make myself believe that.

How are others suppose to believe me when I do not even believe myself?

The pressures of being involved, finding an internship or job for the summer, and having social responsibilities pile on top of each other. If one thing goes wrong...everything seems to come crashing down.

This year has been A YEAR, for me at least. It is hard to recover from constant shut down, but when you have such a supportive group of friends everything gets easier with time.

Sometimes I wonder why me? What am I doing wrong? What about me is not good enough? I have realized, doing that to myself hurts me so much more.

Everything does happen for a reason, and no, nothing about you is wrong. People make mistakes, do not get positions they were extremely excited about, are hurt by people they care about, but none of this is a reason to be upset.

Everything that you may deem horrible now will seem minuscule in the end when something comes along that you may not have been able to do if you received that position or ended up with that person.

For my birthday, my sorority big gave me the "path of life" ring from Alex and Ani. Trust me I was in tears when she told me why she gave me that ring for specific reasons. I have been shut down so many times this year I thought nothing good could ever happen to me again.

When I received that ring, it gave me hope. Hope that something good was to come. Hope that truly everything does happen for a reason. Indeed, good came and it finally clicked that everything does happen for a reason. After being turned down from a sorority position I have wanted since I was a potential new member (PNM) here at the University of South Carolina, I received an internship that with the other position I would not have been able to accept due to the time conflict.

I was appointed a position in my sorority after being turned away from a few, and I have met people I would not have been able to meet if I limited myself to the people I met freshmen year.

No, not everything works out in your favor. You have to push the bad things to the side and celebrate the good things. If you too have had A YEAR, trust me, everything gets better with time.

You can take a day or two to yourself, but forget about the bad and think about everything good that has come your way. Smile. This can apply to anything in life, so take the advice and apply it to what you wish.

Be happy with who and what you have in life because those who truly care will be by your side no matter what. No one gets everything he or she wants, but what you do get in life is what you are meant to have. Take every experience as a learning experience and apply that to future endeavors.

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